The Chinese government is likely to scrap up its
"golden week" holiday system and make public holidays of more traditional
festivals by 2009, a Chinese tourism expert has revealed.
The week-long May Day holiday would be shortened to one day and the National
Day holiday to two days, Zhang Hui, dean of the tourism administration
department at Beijing International Studies University, told a forum in
Xiamen, southeastern China's Fujian province.
Zhang said the conclusion was drawn from discussions among domestic tourism
To make up for the lost holidays, experts suggested choosing three
traditional festivals as public holidays, according to a story published in the
China Youth Daily.
"Experts all agree that Mid-Autumn Day should be set as a public holiday and
the government can choose two more from the Lantern Festival, the Tomb-Sweeping
Day, the Dragon-Boat Festival and Double Nine Day." Zhang was quoted as saying.
In addition, compulsory paid vacations, which might be written into the labor
law, would be granted to employees, he said.
Each person will have a basic seven-day paid leave a year, increasing by one
day for every year of employment. The longest paid leave would not exceed 14
days, he explained.
China has three "golden weeks" for the Spring Festival, May Day and National
Day holidays. The "golden weeks" are actually only three days holiday as a
weekend on one side of the holiday is designated as two working days.
The Lunar New Year golden week would be preserved, Zhang said.
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